Leadership Lessons from the Capitol Dome Renovation – Merdon

12:30 pm -1:15 pm

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Grand Ballroom


In 2016 the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) completed a multi-year project to completely restore the Dome of the U.S. Capitol. The Dome had become plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies due to age and weather. With the support of the United States Congress, hundreds of expert craftsmen worked day and night to restore the Dome to its inspiring splendor. The project was completed on time, under budget with no lost time injuries. This was a once in a millennial high profile project, it was shown on news 24/7 around somewhere around the world. There were many leadership lessons learned along the way, from the project team, craftsmen Congress, the President, and general public. These lessons were in history (“the past is prologue”), persuasion, strategic communications, agile project management, empathy, team building, and safety. The team was faced with many challenges along the way, and the most important lesson learned was looking out for each team member well being, both mentally and physically.

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